Top 10 Reasons to Move to SLC

Our lives are filled with a series of important events: choosing the right college, meeting our significant other, and choosing the place that we’ll call home.

Allow  Holmes Homes to show you why you should consider moving to Salt Lake City, a family-friendly community with a thriving economy surrounded by breathtaking mountains.

Here are the top 10 reasons to consider a move to Salt Lake City.

#1 A Growing Tech Sector and Job Market

A highly-educated population mixed with low cost of living has drastically fueled the growth of the tech sector in Salt Lake, and it seems to only be getting bigger.

According to Forbes, as of 2019, Salt Lake City was ranked the Fourth Best City in the Nation for Tech Jobs. Thirty-minutes south of downtown Salt Lake City, you’ll find Silicon Slopes, home of tech giants like Adobe, Microsoft, and Ebay, as well as a handful of wildly successful startups.

#2 Full of Family-Friendly Activities

Both the young and young-at-heart will never be at a loss for things to do in Salt Lake City.

Check out these popular attractions for families with children:

  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo: located in downtown Salt Lake City, the Hogle Zoo is home to more than 800 animals, including orangutans, sea lions, and red pandas. Roam the grounds, ride the train, and check out the carousel.
  • Discovery Children’s Museum: Over 60,000 feet of interactive fun for your little ones. Watch them explore the various STEM activities and explore the world hands-on in a safe environment.

Natural History Museum of Utah: Located on the campus of the University of Utah, the Natural History Museum is home to some of Utah’s oldest fossils and artifacts.

#3 It’s Easy to Get Around with TRAX (Public Transportation System)

TRAX is a light rail system that makes it easy to get around the entire Wasatch Front, and you can easily jump on nearly anywhere in Salt Lake City.

Catch the Green Line to the airport, the Red Line to the University of Utah, or the Blue Line to head downtown. Want to spend an evening in the city? Park the car and ride within the free-fare zone downtown.

#4 The Best Outdoor Shopping Mall

Located in the heart of downtown,  you’ll find City Creek: a breathtaking open-air mall with over 110 stores and dining destinations. With a stunning retractable roof and a simulated creek that flows through the area, City Creek offers peace and serenity while you shop.

City Creek boasts an impressive store lineup, with fashion icons like Madewell, Anthropologie, Free People, Nordstrom and more.

#5 A Foodie’s Paradise

Foodies love Salt Lake, and for good reason. Salt Lake City is home to some of the best and most unique restaurants in the nation. Whether you’re looking for expertly-crafted cocktails, a farm-to-table restaurant experience, or some good old-fashioned Funeral Potatoes, you’ll find it in Salt Lake City.

#6 Home to the University of Utah

Ranked #97 nationally, the University of Utah offers a wide-variety of majors for an affordable price. While many students live on-campus, most commute. Whatever you want to study, you’ll find it here.

Already graduated? Catch a Pac-12 football game at Rice-Eccles stadium, or attend a critically-acclaimed show at Kingsbury Hall.

#7 A Thriving Arts and Culture Scene

Surprising to many, Salt Lake City has a thriving arts and culture scene. Home to several art museums, Salt Lake City also hosts plenty of events to keep you entertained:

  • Twilight Concert Series: Utah’s summer concert series brings big names, such as St. Vincent, Remi Wolf, and Neon Trees, to downtown Salt Lake City for just $10 a ticket.
  • Downtown Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday you’ll find a year-round farmer’s market with fresh produce from Utah farmers alongside locally made goods.
  • Utah Arts Festival: Each summer Salt Lake City hosts the Utah Arts Festival, a thriving festival with art, live poetry, musical performances, and plenty of crafts for the kids.

#8 Accessible Trails and Canyons within the City

Within Salt Lake City, you’ll find the Foothills Trail system – an incredibly accessible, well-groomed trail designed for hiking, walking, trail-running, and more. Most trails are dog-friendly, so don’t forget to bring your best friend along.

And just a 5-minute drive from downtown, you’ll also find the City Creek Canyon Trail, frequented by runners, hikers, and road bikers. Take a quick ride before work, or stop by for a hike to unwind after work.

#9 World-Class Ski Resorts within One Hour

Skiers and snowboarders alike love Utah for its accessibility to world-class ski resorts.

Park City: Ranked #1 by SKI magazine, Park City was declared North America’s Most Accessible Resort. Park City is not one to miss with its exceptional skiing, unparalleled sophistication, and world-class terrain parks.Only 40 minutes from the airport, 17 peaks, 14 bowls, and seven terrain parks lie ahead.

Snowbird: Spend your summers and winters at the interchangeable Snowbird Ski Lodge. Whether deciding to attend Oktoberfest or to take the tram as opposed to one of ten lifts, Snowbird has a little something year-round.

Alta: Just Want to Ski? With over 2200-acres, Alta resides close to the top of one of the best canyons in Utah—and only minutes from SLC. Alta is known for being a resort for skiers only (sorry snowboarders).

#10 Fly (Almost) Anywhere from Salt Lake City International Airport

While you’ll never be bored at home, sometimes you’ll just want to get away.

Just five miles northwest of downtown Salt Lake City, you’ll find the newly redeveloped Salt Lake City International Airport. From here, you can conveniently fly direct to 95 non-stop destinations, including New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and London.

Thinking about making Salt Lake City your new home?

Holmes Homes is ready to help you find your dream home. If you’re looking at homes for sale in Salt Lake City, let us show you how our communities stand out above the rest.

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